We are a broadly evangelical Christian church - which means we place the Word of God as a high authority for what we do and what we believe.
We are also a church committed to sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus to all whom we can. We do this through what we say and what we do. To put it another way, it is not enough just to tell others about Jesus - we want to show it too.
Our mission statement
The purpose of Riverside Church is to bring glory to God by proclaiming new life in Jesus Christ, being a welcoming Christian community, growing in maturity and reaching out in service to our neighbours near and far.
We don't know what, if any, background you have with churches. We might just be a little different from what you've known in the past. We are an evangelical Christian Church, with a lively worship style. Our members have come from a variety of church backgrounds and from none - all are welcome, whether you you are a Christian now, or you just want to come and visit us to find out a little more about God.
Riverside is on the main shopping street in Sleaford, called Southgate, and (no surprises!) we are next to the river. If you want to know where to find us, click in 'Finding us' under the 'About us' menu option.
A short history
Riverside church can trace its origin in Sleaford back to 1776 when a group of Sleafordians who wanted to worship God without the constraints of the prayerbook met together in Hen Lane. Some years later they constructed their first building in Hen Lane which was in the area of modern Jermyn Street.
Riverside is led by a ministry team, supported by a leadership team.
Currently in vacancy
The future minister will share the ministry of Riverside Church with a mission responsibility for the East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church.
In the absence of a minister, the Ministry Team colleague is currently leading the church as Senior Leader.
Peter Harding was ordained as an Anglican Priest in 1979, and was formerly the Senior Leader at Sleaford Community Church until Riverside was formed. He retired as Head of English at Carre's Grammar School, having worked in education for over 30 years, as a teacher and as a School Improvement Inspector. Peter is married to Margaret, and they have three adult children and nine young grandchildren.
Jem is a Chartered Secretary and works as the Finance Director across 2 of the secondary schools in the town. Formerly an Army Officer, he is married to Tina and they have 3 sons.
Dr Brian Coaker
Brian is a consulting engineer, having held management positions with a major electronics manufacturing company.
He is married to Gwyn and they have two children.
Dominique is our Youth & Children's Leader. She is married and has two children. She is supported by leaders of our Girls' & Boys' Brigades in those ministries, but also oversees the other youth and children's work
Jack is a former police officer and builder, and a graduate of Moorlands Bible College. He is married to Sue.
Sue completed her studies at Moorlands Bible College. She and Jack have three adult children and several grandchildren.
Sleaford is a market town in central Lincolnshire, near the east coast of England and Riverside Church is on the main shopping street in the centre of the town, called Southgate. We are next to the river on the west side of Southgate. The postcode is NG34 7RY.
If entering the town from Grantham, cross over the roundabout on the A153/A15 and continue straight on into Sleaford. Eventually you will pass a Spar supermarket on the left, and then approach the railway crossing, where you take a left filter across the railway lines - you are now on Southgate. Give way at Handley's monument and continue to the left through the main shopping area, where you will find us on the left of the street. A map of car parks is below.
Q: Who are you?
A: We're a fairly new church, with an old background. Riverside was formed in March 2008 when Sleaford Community Church and Sleaford United Reformed Church came together.
Q: What denomination are you?
A: That's a difficult question to give a straight answer to! We are a part of the United Reformed Church, meeting in the buildings owned by the URC. We are proud of our URC background and membership. But we're also a little bit different from many URCs. You are welcome to have a copy of our constitution if you would like to understand a bit more, but perhaps the easiest way is for you to come and see for yourself!